LAND Rover has announced that 800 new jobs will be created at its Solihull factory, as the car marque moves to meet the demand created by soaring sales figures.
The 4x4 manufacturer confirmed the recruitment drive on the back of a £1.5billion profit for the year ending March 2012 - the best in its 65 year history.
The planned expansion at the Lode Lane works, which already employs 6,000 people, will include a new aluminium body shop for the new Range Rover, as well as upgrades to paint technologies.
The announcement is the latest good news story for the Indian-owned car giant, which has seen a remarkable reversal of fortunes in the past few years.
Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of group sales operations, said they had ambitious plans for 2013, with eight new models due to be rolled out over the next 12 months.
Unite’s assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “Although the contracts are for one year, we hope that we can convert them into well paid, permanent jobs in the future.
“The workforce at Solihull are highly skilled and have made a massive contribution to the success of the company here in the UK.”
Borough MPs Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman and Business Secretary Vince Cable also hailed the “welcome boost” for jobs.
“The company’s investment of £2 billion this year and 8,000 new jobs over the last two years shows how JLR goes from strength to strength,” said Mr Cable.
Solihull Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour, who has a strong track record in the automotive industry said: “This represents a huge vote of confidence for the skills and the hard-working outlook of West Midlands people.
“Equally it is a vote of confidence for the single market and Britain’s place in it.
“This is a good day for the West Midlands, for the UK motor industry and for Europe too.”